There’s been talk about the album with Alchemist, Rare Chandeliers, the album with Harry Fraud, and the album with Tommy Mas. Are all of those happening this year?
I don’t know if all of them can happen this year. I might have to hold one down. The Alchemist project is definitely coming out, and I’d like for the Harry Fraud to come out, because that’s going to change a lot of people’s perspective, who say, “Oh, he doesn’t rhyme over this or that.” or “Oh, he doesn’t have hooks.”
Also, I don’t necessarily want to ride a wave. I was fucking with Harry when he wasn’t popping, and I’m not a coattai-rider. So I’ll let the music speak for itself. I’m fucking proud of that project, because I did something that people are usually scared to do. Coming from my background of straight-up Queens rap, I feel like I definitely came through, on that one.
The Alchemist project is fucking incredible to me, but everything is totally different. Then, with the Tommy Mas album, we’ve got two or three songs left to record, and that shit is like another masterpiece, in my mind.
Everything I do, I feel very confident about. It’s not cocky or anything like that. I’m not arrogant. That’s the furthest thing from what anybody would ever tell you that I am. I’m just very confident, and I believe in myself. I’m self-motivated, man.
Is “Bird On A Wire” going to be on Saab Stories?
Yes. That’s going to be on the Harry Fraud album. It’s going to be on Saab Stories. It kind of just happened out of nowhere. I’m a fan of Riff Raff. He’s hilarious. Before, a lot of people didn’t take him serious as a rapper, but he can definitely rap. There’s no doubt in my mind. That’s why I put him on there, because I knew that he would fucking kill it. I knew it. All he had to do was just write some shit, and he murdered it.
I think people take themselves too seriously. I like to smile. I like to laugh. I don’t like to be in a bad mood. I’m not in a bad mood. I don’t have the types of issues that I’m worried about. I have real-life issues, of course, but I keep them at bay. It’s not about that.
People approach being lyrical in different ways. How would you rep for Riff Raff? If you had to say, “This guy still goes off,” what’s your argument behind that?
First off, the flow is different. You don’t hear anyone like that. He has a crazy voice. His flow is crazy. He has that Houston shit, but he does it in a funny manner.
It’s just his whole mind frame. He thinks very crazy, and he says extremely ridiculous things, and I appreciate it all. I appreciate that type of shit. I like to laugh when I hear raps sometimes.
He’s stupid nice, but that motherfucker makes you laugh. Like, Cam has been one of my favorites, since the Children Of The Corn days. Even back then, you’re not going to tell me he wasn’t stupid lyrical and funny. Big L had the Beavis and Butthead line, and it’s such an ill rhyme, but it makes you crack up. I think people take themselves too seriously. I like to smile. I like to laugh.
I don’t like to be in a bad mood. I’m not in a bad mood. I don’t have the types of issues that I’m worried about. I have real-life issues, of course, but I keep them at bay. It’s not about that. It’s about laughing and having a good time with life. You don’t want to take yourself too seriously. You’ll wind up in the grave early.
Everyone brought your name up for the XXL list, and a lot of people have spoken up for you. What do you have to say about that?
Well, I haven’t actually commented on this anywhere. I’ve got to be honest with you—at the end of the day, bro, what does that mean? Tell me what the cover means. It means more show money. It means that you’re going to be able to charge people more, because you’re on the fucking cover.
The only people that I’ve actually listened to on that entire list are Frenchie and Danny. I haven’t listened to anybody else. I’m not going to comment on anybody else, because I don’t know about them. If they felt that was the list, then that’s the fucking list, man. Real people know what it is. They said my name enough, to the point where I don’t even have to be on the list.
It was like I was on the motherfucker. People try and hype that shit up, like it really matters, or it means something. It really doesn’t. It was a day on Twitter, and that’s it. That’s really it, man. Of course, it would have been nice to be on the cover of any magazine: motherfucking Tiger Beat, whatever. So I was a little disappointed, in that sense. But I never thought I’d be fucking laughing about where I am, right now. So believe me, I’m fucking ecstatic about what I’m doing.
The only people that I’ve actually listened to on that entire [XXL Freshmen] list are Frenchie and Danny. I haven’t listened to anybody else. I’m not going to comment on anybody else, because I don’t know about them.
What do you have to say about the Shady showcase? That’s a huge look.
I’m going to tell you right now about how it came about. My man Dro, who works for Shady, has been in my career since the beginning, since I started taking it seriously two-and-a-half to three years ago. He has my first-ever mixtape. There’s like seven or eight songs on it. He’s the only person that has that.
He was playing it in the office, and Paul Rosenberg became a fan. Now, me and Paul are cool. That doesn’t mean that they’re going to work with me, but they show me love far beyond that “they need you, because of the position they’re in” shit.
I just appreciate everything, because coming from Queens, I’m going to open up for 50 Cent. This is all major shit. These are the types of opportunities that arise, when you’re talented and people recognize it. So I’m fucking happy, man. I’m happy about the Fader Fort. I’m happy about everything that I’m doing. Nice Kicks, I’m happy about everything.